iRobot Reviews

Updated August 29, 2014
Updated August 29, 2014
65 Reviews
3.0
65 Reviews
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iRobot Chairman and CEO Colin M. Angle
Colin M. Angle
41 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work/life balance including fairly flexible work schedules (in 5 reviews)

  • Get to work with cutting edge technology (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Many managers tend to micromanage thus becoming an irritant (in 4 reviews)

  • t know how to motivate or retain top talent (in 3 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great to be part of a new market.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at iRobot full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Smart people advancing autonomous systems development

    Cons

    Company uncertain whether they want to be a near term or long term success. Some caustic leadership at the division level.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great Learning experience

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    Current Employee - Senior Reliability Engineer  in  Bedford, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Reliability Engineer in Bedford, MA

    I have been working at iRobot full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great technology, great people and a fast paced environment.

    Cons

    Difficult for people who do not have a start up mentatlity

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great work. Keep it up

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    iRobot is Awesome

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    Former Employee - EE Intern  in  Bedford, MA
    Former Employee - EE Intern in Bedford, MA

    I worked at iRobot as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Very nice people and a great company culture

    Cons

    Some of the ME engineers expect the interns to put in more hours then they are compensated for.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Best employer of all those at which I have worked.

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    Current Employee - SQA  in  Bedford, MA
    Current Employee - SQA in Bedford, MA

    I have been working at iRobot full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Encourages employees. No blame games. Cutting edge jobs & technology. Fantastic benefits. Great work/life balance including fairly flexible work schedules. Many educational opportunities. Generous community activities (huge supporter of FIRST & related activities). Completely a team atmosphere, no empire building.

    Cons

    Hard to move laterally (small company)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work, fantastic employee-centric atmosphere. Encourage lateral moves where possible to support career growth.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    I'm still here

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    Current Employee - Senior, Engineer  in  Bedford, MA
    Current Employee - Senior, Engineer in Bedford, MA

    I have been working at iRobot full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Benefits, and I get to work with some very bright people. Occasionally some interesting projects materialize.

    Cons

    Advancement is not based on your ability, skill, or contributions. Rather it is based on your friendships and out of work activities. I was told by management that i should spend less time with my kids and more time participating in after work functions, I should choose between my family or my career.
    Management does not respect the input from experienced people and usually prefers to explore the wrong direction on things, then after the time and budget is expended may consider the advice of more experienced input. Makes you wonder why profits are not what they could be.
    Upper level management seems to have many secret agenda and the workforce feels disconnected, even when they do share something most people feel they are not completely truthful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean your house out, some of your Managers/Directors need to be shown the door, bring in some experienced people and let them get the job done without the micromanagement and other hobbles you have in place now,

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Best Internship program in the planet. Disorganized and contentious workplace

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    Former Employee - Engineer
    Former Employee - Engineer

    I worked at iRobot full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The internship program is indeed world class. The interns are involved in varying activities and projects on a daily basis. The lead intern (on a second tour) acts like a manager and runs the intern program.

    Cons

    The roles and reponsibilities are not well defined and leave a wide range of lattitude to perform the tasks that you like to perform. However, making the various stakeholders (program mgmt, product mgmt, engineering, etc..) satisified is very difficult because the daily tasks and goals are not well defined. Therefore, agressive and contentious employees achieve at the expense of more proficient people who want to act as part of a team. I asked my manager which tasks I should work on. The repsonse was that the manager was uncertain as to the responsibiliities for supporting the other finctionalities (program mgmt, etc...).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put in an internal audit system and continuous improvement system so that the very smart poeple that are hired can help to improve the processes and systems in the company. Otherwise the company will eventually fail when they do not replace the ROOMBA cash cow.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Interesting, diverse, disappointing, uninspiring

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at iRobot full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Half-day Fridays for the summer. Beer cart. Exceptionally good marketing team. People don’t work as hard as those at other companies I’ve worked at.

    Cons

    Lip service to individual performance and skills. No value associated with capabilities beyond specific job description. Limited opportunities for internal growth unless you are personal friends with upper management. Continual layoffs for the last 3 years. Don’t know how to motivate or retain top talent … the reason for so many openings. Not a state-of-the-art company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand that the technical staff and not the support staff are the life blood of the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Too unorganized...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at iRobot full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Beer cart, Fun people...that's it.

    Cons

    You'll NEVER be appreciated for what you do for the company. Highly invisible and too many layers. Everyone seems to be "Senior or Principle Engineer", too many managers/Sr. manager/directors. They are about to be beaten-up by Korean competitors. The only thing iRobot has ever made is it's roomba - everything else is just copy. So unimaginative. If you really care for the company you work for, this is not the place for you, as the company will never care back. People are burdened to death, with no career growth!
    HR is a joke.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care for the people who contribute towards your success EVERYDAY.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great engineers, poor program management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Bedford, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bedford, MA

    I have been working at iRobot full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    A lot of high skilled and talented employees in ALL areas
    Great pay and benefits
    Wonderful vacation time

    Cons

    Really odd purchasing process, take way to long to buy something
    Different organizational units are completely out of sync
    This company of 600 is run likes it's a company of 100,000, NGC/Lockheed and Boeing are more efficient and have less red tape
    Program management here is very weird, extremely inefficient, can't seem to make decisions. Everyone is passing the buck.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop trying to be Google and be iRobot

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fun Jobs, Odd Management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at iRobot for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Everyone there loves what they're doing. You will probably never find another place so full of people who love their jobs so much. That alone makes it a cool culture. There are a lot of innovations and very cool things to work on from the mechanical to electrical to software.

    Cons

    They aren't the most software-friendly environment. The founders were mostly mechanical in disciplines, so software scheduling is sometimes a little bizarre. Software decisions are often made on history, not necessarily what's good going forward and you end up stuck with those decisions (as does the company).

    Overall, they have the worst IT support on the planet. The individual workers are really good, positive and helpful, but the structure is horrific. Makes the environment limiting and difficult to get technical things done. Too bad, because the team on the ground is high-quality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Walk around. Get back to your roots. There are so many innovators in this company, use them to innovate.

    Fix IT support's mission. Look at the little things, free up people to be more productive.

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